In a headline that misplaces the emphasis in a recent study, Aidsmap appears to slowly be slipping into the circumcision hysteria. Aidsmap reports under the headline, Penile washing after sex not a substitute for circumcision, that the method of washing matters in preventing HIV after coitus.
Washing only, reported in 46.9% of interviews, was associated with an incidence of 2.20 per 100 patient years. Using a cloth and washing was used in 40.6% of cases and was associated with an incidence of 1.04 per 100 patient years. And using only a dry cloth, 12.4% of cases, was associated with the lowest incidence, 0.55 per 100 patient years (p = 0.0442).
Waiting to wash 10 minutes post-coitus was associated with an even lower rate of serconversion. “[Washing within three minutes of intercourse caused seroconversion to be] significantly higher than the incidence of 0.39 per 100 patient years among men who waited at least 10 minutes after sex before cleaning.”
The article stated that washing is being explored in situations and places where circumcision is not acceptable.